“Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks” By KD McCrite
“Just when April Grace thought the drama was over . . .
After an automobile accident, Isabel St. James—resident drama coach and drama queen—needs help putting together the church play. Mama insists April Grace and Myra Sue will help. April’s fall is now devoted to spending every afternoon with Isabel and Myra Sue—if anyone is as big of a drama queen as Isabel, it’s Myra Sue. Plus, she’s dumb. (Okay, not dumb, but “older sister dumb.”) If that’s not enough, Isabel is wreaking havoc in the community trying to get Rough Creek Road paved, the new boy at school will not leave her alone, and then Mama drops the biggest bombshell of all . . . April Grace is no longer going to be the baby of the family . . .
Girls will completely relate to April and love her sense of humor as she deals with siblings, boys, and the many changes that come with growing up.”
I was so very excited to hear the second installment of the April Grace books had come out. I read the first book, “In Front of God and Everybody”, back in April and fell in love with all the characters. I especially connect well with April Grace, the main character. I may not be as “out there” as she is but when I was a pre-teen I was awkward, sort of out-cast and just had a quirky personality.
In the second book, “Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks”, we get to know April Grace, her whole family and the friends around her much better. In fact someone that was easy to hate in the first book, Isabel, you come to sort of love in this book. She is also connecting more to the country folk more and isn’t as stuck up. She still has her bad times, but I think the fact she started to have to think of someone else in need helped her get out of her little bubble.
April Grace’s mom is pregnant. But it’s a troubled pregnancy and she is forced on bed rest. April Grace isn’t too happy about this and is always afraid that something bad is going to happen to her mom. Isabel, steps in to help out with the church’s Christmas pageant and even starts to attend church. A.G. is then forced to be a lead in the play, something she DID NOT want to do. But for her mama, she’d do anything.
In the end April Grace learns about trusting God with her worries and how to pray for them.
I love this book series and can’t wait for the next book to come out. They even posted a teaser at the end of my book, making me want it to come out very soon.
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